Rep. Ben McAdams (D-Utah), a freshman member of the House Financial Services Committee, on Monday conceded defeat to former National Football League player, Republican Burgess Owens, in their tight race for Congress.
Owens received 47.5% of the vote, according to election results tabulated by state officials, while McAdams received 46.93% of the vote.
The two national credit union trade groups had supported McAdams, with CUNA’s political action committee donating $10,000 to his campaign and NAFCU contributing $1,000.
The race garnered national attention since Owens was an outspoken supporter of President Trump’s reelection effort.
Last month, McAdams opposed the latest version of the Democratic coronavirus pandemic economic stimulus bill.
“I am frustrated that the bill before us today is an exercise in futility while we should be focusing our energy on passing bills that will get relief to the millions of struggling Americans during this economic crisis,” he said, at the time.
“My campaign was centered around a rejection of extremism and the need for leaders who will put the needs of the people they represent before any political party,” McAdams said Monday, in conceding the race.
In 2018, McAdams defeated Republican Rep. Mia Love, who also was a member of the House Financial Services Committee.